Monday, June 18, 2018

Fraudsters Need Not Apply

With the assistance of four co-conspirators, a married couple from India thought they could scam the government by applying for more than $20 million in illegal immigration benefits under the H-1B visa program, but their plan was exposed and now they are looking at...

Out of Desperation

Desperation can drive a person to do some strange things, including commit a crime. The Bangor Daily News reports that a Kenyan woman was so desperate to be a U.S. citizen she participated in a fraudulent scheme to marry a Maine resident in...

Faking It Didn’t Make It

You've probably heard the catchphrase ''fake it 'til you make it.'' It suggests that if you are lacking assurance that you can do something, feigning confidence will actually enable you to be confident in your abilities. This works well if you are...

Shamed by a Sham

It has to be embarrassing to be caught for fraud and then have the entire story broadcast to the public through the media. (Some criminals may get a kick out of the negative press, but others might be a bit shamed by their actions.)...

Double Vision

The U.S. Passport is highly coveted, mainly because it stands for freedom and opportunity for millions of people who have one. It also allows the bearer to legally travel overseas and reenter the country with valid identification and proof of citizenship. (Without the document,...

Liar, Liar

Law enforcement agencies can request a ''Significant Public Benefit Parole'' for foreigners who assist with ongoing investigations. This benefit allows them to remain in the United States for one year. According to an article in the Austin American-Statesman, a former law enforcement official...

Documenting Fraudsters

Document fraud is a serious threat to national security. Criminals who manufacture or sell fake identity documents such as driver's licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports or green cards, can create vulnerabilities where terrorists, criminals and undocumented immigrants can enter and remain in...

Here Comes the Fraudster

Most couples meet through an introduction by friends or family, social activities, work or online dating. (And before getting married, most people prefer to know their spouses fairly well prior to walking down the aisle as the ''Here Comes the Bride'' wedding march plays.)...

Shortcut to Jail

It's ok to take a shortcut if you're running behind on time and need to get to a destination quickly. It's not ok to take a shortcut to circumvent U.S. immigration law. (Chances are if you disobey the government's system for legal entry and...

Fake Proof

In the State of Florida, only U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and other authorized foreign nationals are allowed to obtain Florida driver's licenses. For a foreign national, proof of residence can be confirmed with a permanent residence stamp on his or her passport...

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